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AAPG and SEPMDr. Bill Harrison, Dr. Stephen Kaczmarek, Dr. Peter Voice, and 9 graduate students attended the 2018 AAPG/SEPM meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read more about the department's contributions at this professional meeting.


Dr. Mine Dogan has accepted a tenure track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences and will be joining the faculty on July 1, 2018. Dr. Dogan is an experienced geophysicist with a strong background in engineering, geostatistics, groundwater modelling, and stochastic hydrology. Dr. Dogan received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2013, and comes to us from the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University where she held positions of a postdoctoral research scientist and a research assistant professor. 

National recognitionThe Geological Society of America has recognized WMU geologic research with the publication of two special papers.
The publications are among just over 500 such publications in the GSA's 130-year history. Read more on WMU News.

Graduate assistantships opportunitiesThere are Graduate Assistantship opportunities available for fall 2018 in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences!
Visit our Teaching Assistantships page for additional information.

2017 Newsletter CoverThe 2017 edition of the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences Newsletter is now available!
For previous editions, visit the ScholarWorks archive.

AGU 2017 Talks IconStudents and faculty of the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences are attending the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting held in New Orleans, LA
Learn more about the department AGU sessions taking place Dec. 11-15, 2017.

Employment Opportunity IconThe Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences seeks candidates for Assistant/Associate Tenure Track Professor
Visit the Human Resources website for additional information.

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We are offering a new online Area VII course: GEOS 1050: Dinosaurs
This course is currently being offered!

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The 2016 edition of Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences Newsletter is now available!
For previous editions, visit the ScholarWorks archive.

 Photo of Dr. Michelle KominzDr. Michelle A. Kominz was elected as 2016 Fellow of the AAAS.
 More on WMU news.


Michigan Geological Survey LogoPortage Public Television recently produced a follow-up on the Michigan Geological Survey’s Special Allocation funding. The piece highlights the bedrock valley demonstration in Portage, which is using a portion of the funding to present the case for annual funding of the MGS.

Water Droplet IconThe department's newly created graduate certificate program in applied hydrogeology is featured in the Grand Rapids Business Journal's article, "WMU bets on students digging hydrogeology". Read more.

National Science Foundation LogoDrs. Stephen Kaczmarek and Andrew Caruthers' National Science Foundation proposal, "Acquisition of a Handheld XRF Spectrometer to Enhance Sedimentary and Paleoenvironmental Research," has been funded! This award will be used to acquire a handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometer. Handheld XRF is a relatively new technology but will prove vital in supporting ongoing research and outreach activities in the Michigan Basin.

New IconTwo newly created programs are currently accepting students: the certificate in applied hydrogeology and the accelerated M.A. in earth sciences.

Michigan Geological Survey LogoThe Michigan Geological Survey was awarded $500,000 of state funding to conduct geologic mapping to protect and develop Michigan’s natural resources. This award is a testament to the vision and hard work of the staff at the MGS and MGRRE. Read more.


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